The Code of Research Ethics of The Korean Society of Embryo Transfer


The Korean Society of Embryo Transfer(hereinafter “the Society”) is a study society for the contribution to the progress of the fields of embryo transfer with the studies and education activities of embryo transfer. The Code of Research Ethics(hereinafter “the Code”) is the ethical principles and standards with which every member of the Society must comply while working to achieve the goals of the Society.

Chapter 1 Ethics Related to The Research

Verse 1 The Code of Research Ethics for the Authors

Article 1 Prohibition of Plagiarism and Falsification

Authors do not render the result of study or opinion to the paper or the book as they have done. The result of a study can be cited or quoted with quotation mark, however, suggestion the parts of that as the parts of the author’s own result of study or opinion shall be deemed typical acts of plagiarism.
Authors do not make study materials which are not exist, fabricate the process of study, and falsify the study or the result by modifying or deleting them.

Article 2 Stipulation of the Published Work
⑴ The author is responsible for its content and receives recognition for his achievements as an author in the study actually have done or contributed.
⑵ The order of the authors (including translaters) of the paper or other publication can be determined fairly according to the degree of contribution to the study, regardless of the relative position. A person who is in the particular position does not simply be a co-author, first author, or a corresponding author. However, actions that do not qualify as an author as though fully contributing on the research and writing (including translation) also can not be justified. If a person has lower contribution to the research and writings, the author can show gratitude on footnotes and foreword.

Article 3 Prohibition of Duplicate/Redundant Publication
The author do not post or publish the whole or the part of the result of study (including the study scheduled to publication or in screening) which is published previously in domestic and foreign journal, and do not submit to the similar Society. If the author wishes to publish, using a part of the previously published, shall be published by getting the permission of the publisher.

Article 4 Citation and the Reference
⑴ If the author wants to cite articles published, it must be described accurately. And it must make sure to clarify the source of the data if is not belonging to common sense. In the case of data obtained through personal contact, it can be quoted after receiving the consent of the information provided by the researchers.
⑵ If the author cites the writings of others, or refer others opinion, this should reveal whether the citations and reference by footnotes. By the notation, the author let the readers classify the results of previous studies and the author’s original idea, claims or interpretation.

Verse 2 The Code of Research Ethics for the Editors
Article 5 Editors are responsible for determining whether to publish the study, and must respect the independence of the authors.
Article 6 Editors shall be treat the journal regardless of any preconceived notions or personal acquaintance, gender, age, as well as institutional affiliation of the author.
Article 7 Editors should commission an evaluation of papers submitted to the judges with expertise and fair judgment in their field. When judging commission, the endeavor to make an objective evaluation can be made by avoiding hostile judges or acquaintance with the author. If the evaluation of the same paper differ significantly between the judges, editors may seek advice from the third expert in the field.
Article 8 Editors shall not disclose the contents of the papers or about the author until the publication of submitted papers is determined.
Article 9 If there are issues raised with the submission and screening of the study, editors promptly notify the Ethics Committee and they shall be in accordance with legal procedures.

Verse 3 The Code of Research Ethics for Reviewers
Article 10 Reviewers judge papers, commissioned by the journal's editors, diligently within the period prescribed examination regulations, and must notify the results of the evaluation to the editors. If the reviewer regards himself can not to assess the content of the article, the reviewer needs to notify that to the editors.
Article 11 Reviewers will review the papers received requests to without the personal friendship of the author and personal academic beliefs and make the assessment fairly by objective criteria. Reviewers must not eliminate the paper without the basis, drop the paper because of the confliction with your perspective or interpretation, rate papers without proper reading.
Article 12 Reviewers should inform the fact to the editors who commissioned the paper, when the paper is already published in another journal or in duplicate screening or having other problems.
Article 13 Reviewers should respect the independence of the author as a professional intellectual. Reveal the own judgment about the paper and for the complement, reviewers shall explain why. Use the polite and gentle expression, and should not use insulting or derogatory expression to the author.
Article 14 Reviewers must keep secret for the paper on examination. Unless to obtain a paper evaluation, showing the paper to another person or making an discussion of the paper content with others is not preferable.

Chapter 2 Index of Enforcement of The Code of Research Ethics

Article 1 Pledge of the Code of Research Ethics
All members of the Society shall comply with this Code. Existing members at the time of the entry into force of the Code is deemed pledged to the Code of Ethics.
Article 2 Filing a Complaint
Members should try to correct the problem of other members of the research showing a violation of the Code by notifying it to the member. However, if the problem does not get adjusted immediately and there are obvious the Code violations, it can be reported to the Society Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee shall not disclose the identity of members who tip the problems to the outside.
Article 3 Constitution of the Ethics Committee
The Ethics Committee is composed of at least five members and appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Board of Directors. However, each member can not participate in the investigation, deliberation, or vote if the committee is in direct relationship with the events.
Article 4 Functions of the Ethics Committee
The Ethics Committee is widely conducted a survey through the informer, informant, witness, and see the evidence to research ethics violations. After that, If it is judged to have violated the Code, the fact that the Committee can suggest the appropriate sanction to the president.
Article 5 Complaints for Violation of the Code of Ethics
The tipped members should cooperate with the investigation carried out at the Ethics Committee. Interfering or being not in cooperation with legitimate research is a violation in the Code itself.
Article 6 Guarantee of Vindication
The members determined to violate the Code will be given the opportunity of vindication.
Article 7 Confidentiality for the Members
The Ethics Committee should not disclose the identity of its members on the outside until the final disciplinary decision of the Society is to be made for ethical violations.
Article 8 Process of the Disciplinary Action
If the Ethics Committee propose disciplinary action, the president shall determine whether or not disciplinary and disciplinary process, and convene the Board of Directors. For the member violated the Code can result in disciplinary warnings, contribution limits, membership suspension or deprivation, and it this action may be published, including the external institution.
Article 9 Revisions of the Code of Ethics
Amendment procedure of the Code is subject to the provisions of the revise procedures of the Society.

Supplementary Provision

This Code shall come into effect on the 27th day of August 2008.